Despair as Senegal crash out of World Cup

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Salif Sane of Senegal looks dejected following his sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June 28, 2018 in Samara, Russia. Image copyright Getty Images Sport
Image caption Senegal defender Salif Sané looks devastated as the final whistle is blown in Russia’s Samara arena

Senegal came so close but in the end have been eliminated from the World Cup because they had received more yellow cards than Japan.

That means all five African teams – Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria – have been knocked out of the group stages.

It’s the first time since 1982 that no African team has made it through to the knockout stage.

Here is how Senegal’s 1-0 defeat to Colombia played out.

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Image caption Fans of both teams were all smiles before kick-off
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Image caption This Senegal supporter takes their ‘Lions of Teranga’ nickname quite literally
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Image caption Senegal had an early penalty call overruled by the video assistant referee system (VAR) after this challenge on Sadio Mané…
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Image caption … a decision which outraged some supporters watching in Place de l’Obélisque, in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
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Image caption Senegal had some good opportunities but even star striker Sadio Mané (L) was unable to breach the Colombian defence
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Image caption Colombia’s Johan Mojica is shown a yellow card by referee Milorad Mazic in the 45th minute…
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Image caption Mbaye Niang of Senegal is shown the yellow card after he bring down Colombia’s Yerry Mina with a high boot
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Image caption Colombia break the deadlock after 73 minutes with this header from Yerry Mina…
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Image caption Senegal coach Aliou Cissé waves on the sidelines to try and calm his players down – is that because he has just heard the Japan score?
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Image caption The disappointment on Lamine Gassama’s face is plain to see as Senegal crash out of the 2018 World Cup.

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